Skate park lures youth away from negative

Chris van der Merwe

Inspired2Becomeyouth development through sport

We most definitely take note of the elderly and have the utmost respect for them. We do realise that the residents of Vonke Park are sensitive to noise that can travel and I continuously ask the park manager, Mr. Godfrey Wenn, not to play loud music in the park.

The park was built to keep young people busy and away from negative activities. Our rules and principles are there to change the youth for the better and we believe that they need to be shown an alternative to what wrong influences deem as appealing (you are welcome to find out more on our website: www.inspired2become.org).

Once a year, at the end of each year, we have an Inspired2Become competition where we do need to commentate on the skaters competing. The other competition that was held was done by another organisation earlier this year – this competition is part of an international competition that will be held in Kimberley later this year. The park is only open until before dark and no night skating is allowed unless supervised/organised.

Regarding the noise of the skateboards: The only way to stop the skateboards from making any noise is to ask the children to stop skating and to stop practicing their sport.

The main reason for extending the skatepark is to provide space for family and friends to relax while the children are enjoying themselves. If you feel that adding a volleyball and skimboarding area will increase the noise levels, we can talk about this further in person and maybe reconsider.

We really want to be an asset to the community and not a burden and we please want you to feel free to let us know, at any time, when the residents are unhappy with the noise levels.